Eurocopter is upgrading most of its product range, with the goal of providing improved performance and reduced costs. The manufacturer is reporting progress on the developments of the AS350B3e Ecureuil (AStar), EC135T2e/P2e, EC145T2, AS365N3e and Super Puma L1e/C1e. All were announced at Heli-Expo 2011 in February.
Aviation International News » October 2011
Robinson Helicopter CEO Kurt Robinson said the company has been working with the FAA for “some time” to address concerns about “mast-rocking” or “chugging” on its R44 helicopters. On August 22 the NTSB issued several safety recommendations (A-11-82 through -86) related to the condition in the wake of several mast-rocking accidents/incidents dating back to 2006.
At the end of August, the Caribbean and the East Coast of the U.S. again faced the wrath of Mother Nature, this time in the form of Hurricane Irene. The first major hurricane of the 2011 season, the Category 3 storm weakened to a Category 1 as it slowly moved up the East Coast, but it still caused extensive flooding and stirred up powerful storm surge tides.
Attorneys for offshore oil helicopter service operator PHI and an attorney representing the family of the lone crash survivor are accusing Sikorsky of suppressing evidence related to the cause of a 2009 crash that killed eight aboard an S-76C++ near Morgan City, La., after a bird strike to the windshield.
Preliminary Report: Chartered Jetliners Suffer Fatal Crashes
Delta Air Lines last month became the first airline in the world to provide in-flight Internet service aboard its regional aircraft with the launch flight of a Wi-Fi-equipped Bombardier CRJ700 operated by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
Kenya Airways has finalized the contract for the acquisition of 10 Embraer E190s, the airline announced last month. The agreement completes contract negotiations following the signing of a letter of intent during June’s Paris Air Show. The deal also includes purchase rights for 16 of any type from the E-Jet series.
Business aviation activity is picking up in Thailand, with the Southeast Asian country enjoying a period of relative political stability after the recent general election. According to Bangkok-based bizav services group MJets, traffic levels at the capital’s Don Mueang Airport are about 20 percent higher than in 2010, with its FBO handling an average of 50 movements each month.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott has left the company effective October 1, citing a desire to devote more time to his family. Bombardier Aerospace president and COO Guy Hachey has assumed Scott’s duties while the company seeks a replacement.
Bell unit Aeronautical Accessories is offering four new kits for preflight, courtesy and baggage compartment lighting as well as a rotor camera kit. The preflight kit is designed to make inspection of the four fluid levels (hydraulic reservoir, oil tank, tail-rotor gearbox and transmission) easier during pilot walk-around inspection or anytime fluid levels need to be checked. Each light has its own switch and battery.